This post is sponsored by Pinnacle Foods and Boulder Brands. All comments and opinions are my own.

I know many of you guys are trying to focus on eating better. Perhaps you even made resolutions to make changes in your diet for the new year?

I am also trying to change up my menu so that my guys are eating more plant-based meals. I implemented Meatless Monday several years ago and was accepted without any complaints at all. As long as the meals are tasty, my guys are happy. So, I am thinking that adding a plant-based meal to the rotation is going to be just as successful.

I am very happy to report that my first effort was a HUGE hit. I paired a few tasty products from BIRDS EYE®, Earth Balance® and Gardein™ to whip up a batch of Sweet & Sour Chick’n that my family devoured.

The recipe is really just a modification of a family favorite…but is quicker and easier! I replaced the chicken with Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders. So there was no need to batter or fry chicken, I just popped the tenders in the oven and had great taste with basically no effort. In place of rice, I used BIRDS EYE® Veggie Made™ Riced Cauliflower. It offers the  taste & texture needed for my recipe just made healthier with vegetables. Everything comes together with a simple sweet & sour sauce. I start by sautéing peppers in Earth Balance® Plant-Based Buttery Spreads and with a few extra ingredients dinner is ready to go!

A healthier and convenient recipe that is a fraction of the price I would have paid for similar take out!

Sweet & Sour Chick’n
Author: Michelle
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Serves: 4
  • 8 Gardein® Seven Grain Crispy Tenders, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 package BIRDS EYE® Veggie Made™ Riced Cauliflower, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 teaspoon Earth Balance® Plant-Based Buttery Spread
  • 1 green pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 20 oz can of pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice + 1 cup of reserved juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  1. While the Gardein® Seven Grain Crispy Tenders are cooking, start the sauce by melting the Earth Balance® Plant-Based Buttery Spread in a medium-sized skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the peppers and cook for 3 minutes until slightly softened.
  3. Add 1 cup of water, pineapple juice, brown sugar, tamari, rice wine vinegar and ketchup to the pan and bring to a boil. Cook the sauce for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine 1 tablespoon of corn starch and 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl and add to the sauce and cook, stirring continuously, for another 2 -3 minutes until thickened.
  5. Toss the sauce with the cooked Gardein® Seven Grain Crispy Tenders and serve over BIRDS EYE® Veggie Made™ Riced Cauliflower.

Grab a few ingredients and enjoy great taste made from the goodness of plants and veggies.

Look for a huge selection of BIRDS EYE®, Earth Balance® and Gardein™  products at your local Publix. Each of these tasty options make it easier to choose plant-based foods without giving up taste, convenience or quality.

Remember, you’ll find your favorite Gardein™ products on sale buy one, get one FREE right now at Publix!


  • Gardein is a wholesome range of tasty plant-based foods with a meaty texture.
  • It’s made from soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut®).
  • Gardein is easy to digest and free of cholesterol, trans and saturated fats.
  • The majority of Gardein foods are a good source of fiber and low fat too.
  • Gardein is also 100% vegan – meaning it is animal and dairy free.


  • This light and airy buttery delight is sensationally spreadable and made with all organic ingredients!
  • Earth Balance® Plant-Based Buttery Spreads and Sticks are the perfect one for one butter swap in all your cooking and baking needs.
  • Certified Organic
  • Vegan
  • Non-Dairy
  • Lactose-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Expeller-Pressed Oils
  • 0G Trans Fat*
  • No MSG
  • Non-GMO
  • Excellent Source of ALA Omega-3
  • 320MG ALA Per Serving Which is 20% of the 1.6G Daily Value for ALA


  • Delivers on the taste & texture of the your favorite foods.
  • Offers a Full Serving of Vegetables Per Serving
  • Has No Artificial Flavors, Colors or Preservatives
  • No Hassle Prep – Steamfresh items are ready in the microwave in minutes and the Fries/Tots are ready in the oven in 20 minutes (no prep needed).

*See nutrition information for fat and saturated fat content